Braided Stainless Steel Brake Lines - Yes
I can finally answer the question, do stainless steel brake lines make a difference? After installing these the other night on the front and doing some back to back riding I have to say YES, they do make a difference IMO.
There is less give and spongyness in the brake system and feel is now more direct. One thing I can't account for in the comparison though is the effect of new fluid and a brake bleed since only the new braided brake lines had the benefit of these. I won't say the effect is huge but it is large enough to be noticeable. After seeing a significant improvement in braking with a previous installation of EBC HH pads last year, I would have to say the combined effect of both the improved pads and brake lines together offer a significant improvement in brake feel.
Installation took about an hour and was about the same difficulty level as an oil change which is to say low effort. Most of that time was spent pumping brake fluid through the system to eliminate every little micro bubble of air. Unlike the stock lines, the Gaffer lines go directly from the caliper on each side to the lever on the bars and there is no cross over line over the fender to make bleeding easier.
I purchased a $7 one man bleed kit that collects the fluid from the caliper which allowed me to cycle the same new fluid through the system several times during the bleed process and see any air expelled in the clear line, even tiny bubbles. You could feel the lever get firmer as the last bit of air was slowly eliminated from the system. My advice is spend lots of time bleeding to ensure all the air is removed. Even a single tiny bubble will negate the effect of braided brake lines. It is easy to eliminate 99% of the air in the first 2 minutes of bleeding but the remaining 1% takes some time. See youtube how to videos on brake bleeding if you are unfamiliar, it is very easy to do.
Last edited by twowheels; 11-02-2014 at 09:14 PM.